My Favorite Self Tanner: How to Keep Your Summer Glow all Year Long



Photography by Kye Image

Hi friends and happy Tuesday!  How was your long holiday weekend?  I hope you were able to relax and enjoy time with your favorite people!  Now that Labor Day has passed and pumpkin spice has returned, I thought now would be the perfect time to share how I keep my Summer glow all year long.  I have to admit that I used to be a tanning bed regular.  I didn’t go every single day, but I definitely spent my fair amount of time in those beds, especially in high school and early years of college.  Whether you love them or hate them, that’s up to you, but I have chosen to stop using them and find alternative ways to keep my tan long after Summer is gone.  This is actually the first year that I’ve religiously tested and used a variety of self tanners, and after doing the leg work (see what I did there ha!), I’m here to save you the time and money by putting my seal of approval on the one product that I truly love!

VersaSpa actually sent me these products a few months before our wedding last year and I was super hesitant to try them because I was worried about looking orange and blotchy on my big day!  I think I was having flashbacks of bad spray tans.  In fact, I went against everything I stand for, and in a state of panic and stress related weight-gain, and with the mindset of “if you can’t tone it, then tan it”, I did use a tanning bed the month before the wedding.  I’m kicking myself because now after having used these products every day since March, let me say that I completely regret not using them because THEY WORK SO WELL!  No orange hues.  No blotches or streaks.  I’ve tried a foaming tanner, as well, from a different company but didn’t care for the smell and it left my skin feeling dry.  The VersaSpa Gradual Tanning Spa Butter not only has an nice and mild aroma, but it actually nourishes and hydrates my skin!  I don’t have to put lotion on then apply the tanner, which saves me time every morning!  I’ll be honest, I don’t use the glove it comes with, and from time to time I will get some discoloration on my palms, but that is totally my bad!  That’s why you should do as I say and not as I do when it comes to this haha.  And to ensure the lotion goes on smooth and evenly, they also offer a body wash scrub that gently exfoliates your skin, making it primed and ready to get the maximum results!  I personally prefer the Gradual Tanning Spa Butter for everyday use, but there is also a bronzing mist that is perfect when you’re in a pinch and and are in need of a quick tan!  It gives you an instant bronze with lasting effects of the gradual lotion!

You may be wondering, well what about your face?!  I don’t have sensitive skin, so I also use the Gradual Tanning Face Moisturizer.  It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or oily and I haven’t had any breakouts or irritations.  I don’t use it every day because I use bronzer in my everyday makeup routine, but this is definitely a handy little product to have on hand to make sure your face matches the rest of your bod!

This is my second round of VersaSpa products and I truly love them!  I know beauty, makeup, and skin care is a bit of a departure from my standard fashion and style posts, which is why I wanted to be one hundred percent positive that these not only worked, but were also quality products, before sharing them with y’all!

QUICK TIP – To make the Spa Butter last longer, mix it with your regular body lotion! 

I would love to know what self tanners YOU swear by, and also, it would be so amazing if y’all could let me know if you like these kinds of posts and want to see more beauty related topics.  I definitely want to diversify my content because there’s much more to me (and life) than just cute & affordable clothes!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you girls have an amazing day! xoxo


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16 Responses to My Favorite Self Tanner: How to Keep Your Summer Glow all Year Long

  1. Danielle says:

    I have always sworn up and down by St. Tropez, but I love reading new reviews! Thanks for sharing girl!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  2. Maggie says:

    I’ve got to try this self tanner! My skin is naturally very fair, but I love to be tan all year long!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

  3. Megan says:

    I’ve used the VersaSpa spray tan booths but had no idea that they made their own products! I definitely need to give this stuff a try. My go-to has always been the Tanwise line from Sally Beauty Supply! All of the products are pretty good and have a decent color once it’s all set in. And only $10!

  4. Stephanie says:

    These products sound absolutely incredible. I’ve only used one tanning product in my life and that was the oh-so-typical Jergens Natural Glow haha. I gotta get on this trend for the autumn to extend my summer tan!

  5. Maggie says:

    Need to try these products!

  6. Shelby Back says:

    I love a good self tanner! I need to try this brand!

    xo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

  7. Emily says:

    Awesome post!! I have tried this self tanner and I actually really liked it, I just wish it lasted longer without fading. Anyways- gorgeous photos, the suit looks amazing on you! Love your blog. http://www.selftanning.com

  8. kelly torrez says:

    I definitely need to check this out!

    Birdie Shoots

  9. Laura Leigh says:

    This sounds amazing and you look incredible gal!!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  10. Laura says:

    Your tan looks so good! I’ll definitely have to give these a try!

    xo, Laura
    http://www.have-need-want.com

  11. LuxMommy says:

    You have a great tan!

  12. Haley says:

    This sounds amazing, I need to try it this fall!
    Xo,
    Haley
    http://www.me-and-mrjones.com

  13. Nita Mann says:

    Love your tan– need to try this!

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